Bulletin of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Volume 681-700

Bulletin of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Volume 681-700

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...PRODUCTION. The accompanying frequency curve (Fig.9) shows the distribution of the operators in these three districts on the basis of cost per ton in producing Meets. It will be seen that the 173 operators who gave estimates may be divided into two groups, each including about an equal number of men. There were 89 men who produced sugar beets at a cost of $4.50 per ton or less, while 84 men raised sugar beets at a cost of $5 or more. The average cost for all farms was $4.64 per ton. The factories in these two districts paid from $4.85 to $5 per ton for sugar beets during the years 1914 and 1915. It may be well to repeat, for the sake of emphasis, that the growers who produced the highest average yield per acre had the lowest cost per ton, whereas the men who obtained the lowest average yield had the highest cost per ton recorded against the crop. The yield per acre has a direct bearing upon the oost per ton. On practically every farm there are places where the field work can be put upon a more efficient basis. Every grower is willing to Fig. 9.--Frequency curve showing distribution of operators on basis of cost of beets per ton. concede that some slight change in present operations would probably be a step in the direction of greater crop yields. It has been pointed out that the sugar beet is not always grown in the regular cropping system. Continuous culture may, therefore, be holding down the yields; in other cases, a lack of fertility may be the controlling factor, although in all of these districts nearly every grower gave considerable attention to the application of farm manure. Inadequate preparation of soil or careless seeding may give poor stands. This precludes the possibility of a good yield. Furthermore, the blocking and...
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  • Paperback | 288 pages
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  • United States
  • English
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